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Workers' Memorial Day
Mourn for the Dead and Fight for the Living
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Seven months after a tornado struck Western Massachusetts in 2011, the storm claimed its final victim. 19-year-old college freshman James Ivanov was on winter break putting up a West Springfield house destroyed by the storm when he fell four stories to his death. That same year, Luis Tenezaca Palaguachi, a 25-year-old roofer, was working on a triple-decker home in New Bedford, when he lost his balance and fell three stories, later dying of his injuries. The employers of these young men failed to provide life-saving fall protection – a grave safety violation that costs lives.

To call attention to needless workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, please join MassCOSH for:

Workers Memorial Day Public Commemoration
Thursday, April 26, 2012

12:00 – 1:15 PM
In front of the State House
24 Beacon Street, Boston
(rain location call 315-546-6391 for info.)

There is still time to participate in MassCOSH’s first annual Roses to Remember.

By participating in Roses to Remember, you can honor workers who lost their lives and support efforts to halt unsafe conditions by contributing $15 or more to MassCOSH today. For every donation received, MassCOSH will place a rose at the foot of our Workers’ Memorial Day memorial in your name. Your donation will directly fund MassCOSH’s efforts to ensure that every working person can return home to their loved ones from work healthy and sound each and every day.

Learn more about making a donation by visiting the Mass COSH website by clicking here

Donations made by the deadline on April 21 will be recognized with a rose in that donors name. If you have any questions, please contact Membership Coordinator Jeff Newton at

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Worker Memorial Day Commemoration and Rally
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
12:00 ?C 1:15 PM

In front of the State House, Beacon Hill, Boston

A private breakfast will be held for families of fallen workers from
10:30AM ?C 12:00 PM, State House, Room 437

  • Join us to honor our brothers and sisters who were killed, injured or suffered from illness on the job last year
  • Demand strong workplace health and safety protections for all workers
  • Visit a legislator to voice your support for State Safety and Health legislation

The 2010 Workers?? Memorial Day Report will be released that day. Contact Katie Mae Simpson at (617)825-7233 x14 or for more Workers?? Memorial Day information or other resources about health and safety in the workplace.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and Greater Boston Labor Council.

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Members of organized labor, elected officials and community activists gathered at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday to recognize Workers Memorial Day. It was one of many events held around the world to remember workers who have been "workers killed, injured or made ill on the job" and to call for greater protections and enforcement of existing protections.

NERCC Local 118 Representative Elizabeth Skidmore participated, reading the names of union carpenters Peter Marchese and Chris Beste, who were killed in a lift accident in Waltham last year.

Brother Marchese, 40, lived in New Hampshire with his wife and two young children while Brother Beste, 30, was a fourth-year apprentice who was engaged to be married.

Skidmore was joined by other NERCC members and staff, who attended the event. In addition to speeches and the reading of names, the event features a large banner containing the names of all workers being honored.